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Following the approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by the Food and Drug Administration in August, local Public health officials said they have seen a slight uptick in those coming in to start the vaccination process.

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The city of St. Peter and Nicollet County have both reinstituted mandates requiring all staff and visitors to wear masks while in city or county facilities. The mandate is an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.

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As a state representative, I’ve been listening to constituents who are hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. I’ve been clear that I urge Minnesotans to get vaccinated. I’ve shared that my spouse and I have both been vaccinated, my teenage children, too. But, I’ve been listening.

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St. Peter, Le Sueur-Henderson, Tri-City United and Cleveland school districts are itching for a more normal school year after 18 months of distance learning, hybrid learning, mask mandates and more pandemic-era protocols. All four districts are preparing for in-person, five-day learning plan…

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When Gov. Tim Walz ended the statewide mask mandate last May, the Le Sueur-Henderson School District terminated their masking requirements as well. But two months later, the delta variant has complicated Minnesota’s pandemic response.

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Though he is often the stoic politician of southern Minnesota, State Rep. John Petersburg, R-Waseca, felt the weight of the stories he was listening to as caregivers at an Owatonna memory care assisted living facility recounted what their last year has been like.

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With more than half of all Minnesotans vaccinated, positive COVID-19 case rates are diminishing at a rapid pace. Statewide, new cases have fallen to their lowest point since June 2020. On June 6, Minnesota reported 258 new cases, a fraction of the 1,600 new cases reported just one month earlier.

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For those who organize major events in southern Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz's loosening of COVID-19 restrictions announced earlier this month was the green light and glimmer of hope they had been waiting for to move forward with their 2021 plans.

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For those who organize major events in southern Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz’s loosening of COVID-19 restrictions announced earlier this month was the green light and glimmer of hope they had been waiting for to move forward with their 2021 plans.

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Just over a year ago, the abrupt onset of the COVID-19 pandemic left some travelers stranded far from home and in a panic. Among them was Khadjia Ali, a local woman who traveled to Kenya for an incredibly unique reason.

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It has been a long, abnormal year for the Owatonna Public Library. Though people may believe that a librarian would welcome the opportunity to be alone with the books, the director of the local library said it has felt like being trapped in “bizarro world.”

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Despite the challenges pork producers have faced in the last year, with processing plants facing temporary closures and decreased production due to COVID-19, one thing that Dave Preisler says has remained constant was the production of an affordable and safe source of protein for customers, …

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Local leaders grabbed their shovels and planted them in the snowy ground in December 2019. They stood outside Maud Borup, Le Center’s own candy manufacturing company, to celebrate a historic expansion to the confectionery company. Construction was expected to build a new 50,000-square-foot w…

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After an incredibly difficult year, COVID-19 vaccines have finally shed some light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Yet the optimism felt by many local business workers and health officials is still very tempered and cautious.

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Despite the challenges pork producers have faced in the last year, with processing plants facing temporary closures and decreased production due to COVID-19, one thing that Dave Preisler says has remained constant was the production of an affordable and safe source of protein for customers, …

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Local leaders grabbed their shovels and planted them in the snowy ground in December 2019. They stood outside Maud Borup, Le Center’s own candy manufacturing company, to celebrate a historic expansion to the confectionery company. Construction was expected to build a new 50,000-square-foot w…

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After an incredibly difficult year, COVID-19 vaccines have finally shed some light at the end of a very dark tunnel. Yet the optimism felt by many local business workers and health officials is still very tempered and cautious.